‘Inside Your Heaven’ by Carrie Underwood: Story Behind Her First #1 Song

by Emily Morgan

In 2005, following Carrie Underwood’s recent American Idol win, the singer released her first-ever single, “Inside Your Heaven.” 

In addition to Underwood, American Idol runner-up Bo Bice also released a version of the song. Underwood dropped her rendition on June 14, 2005. The song went to No. 1 in the US and Canada. A week later, Bice’s version went to No. 2 in the US. 

The song was written by the Swedish songwriters Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylén, and Savan Kotecha and produced by Desmond Child. The song’s theme is of someone who can’t let go of their love. 

Carrie Underwood Performs Debut Single on American Idol

Both Underwood and Bice performed the song on American Idol and the judges delivered their critique. The previous year, Fantasia and Diana DeGarmo each did “I Believe,” and the judges also gave their marks. When Fantasia won, she released it as her first single, which debuted at No 1.

When Underwood topped the charts with “Inside Your Heaven,” she became the fourth American Idol contestant to hit No. 1 with a premier single. Before Underwood, Kelly Clarkson preceded her with “A Moment Like This,” and the following year, runner-up Clay Aiken reached the top spot with “This Is The Night.” In 2006, Taylor Hicks made it five in a row with “Do I Make You Proud?.”

One of the songwriters, Savan Kotecha, went on to have a successful career, co-penning tracks for the likes of One Direction (“What Makes You Beautiful”), The Weeknd (“Can’t Feel My Face”), and Maroon 5 (“One More Night”). At the time of the release of Underwood’s song, Kotecha was eating beans out of a can, he recalled in an interview with Music Business Worldwide. 

“I remember when Carrie Underwood performed my song on American Idol and it went to No. 1, I was watching it in Sweden – where I was living at the time. I was streaming it on a computer live while eating beans out of can. That was all I could afford for dinner. I wouldn’t want my kids to go through that.”